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Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi was the one Chelsea fans were fighting for last season under Maurizio Sarri.
Hudson-Odoi was practically outstanding while as an 18-year-old, but Sarri opted to play the more experienced Willian and Pedro even when they weren’t in form. In his cameo appearances last season, the Chelsea youngster seemed to perform better than his senior colleagues, which earned him a call-up to the England national team where he also impressed on his debut.
Hudson-Odoi suffered an injury towards the end of last season took him out for some months. However, his impact was clear to see as Chelsea fans cried out for his contract to be renewed. The teenager was highly sought after by Bayern Munich, but Chelsea weren’t keen to lose the prodigy.
The 19-year-old has since signed a new massive five-year contract under Frank Lampard, but it just seems that his career has stalled since then. He has lost his starting place to Christian Pulisic but has failed to impress when given cameo opportunities in the second half.
In his last two recent substitute appearances against Lille and Bournemouth, Hudson-Odoi failed to add any spark to the game and the team looked worse off when he came on.
The 19-year-old is struggling to get back to his best since a return from injury, and one thing Chelsea don’t have at the moment is patience. Recent losses is putting pressure on the Chelsea boss to spend big in the January transfer window, which could further limit playing opportunities to Hudson-Odoi.
Hudson-Odoi still remains a raw talent, but just needs some momentum and a bit of confidence to bring him back to the heights we all know he can attain. But for now, he must continue to work hard in training and learn with each game.